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The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) and Kiewit Pacific Co. signed a contract that awards Kiewit construction management and general contracting (CMGC) work for Phase One of the Northern Rail Extension. The first phase includes the Tanana River bridge and levee near Salcha, Alaska.

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The Wickford Junction/North Kingstown Station in Rhode Island, which received $4.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars will receive an additional $13.6 million New Starts grant to extend existing commuter rail service an additional 20 miles from Providence to Boston starting in 2012.

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Plans for an MBTA commuter rail station at the South Bay Shopping Center in Roxbury, Mass., moved a step closer to reality as the state issued a request for proposals for the $12-million project, the Boston Herald reports.

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Oklahoma could soon have a commuter rail transportation system to get people to and from work and ease travel, the Tulsa Beacon reports. 
State Rep. Charlie Joyner has been working to make that a possibility.
 Joyner met with representatives from Trinity Railroad Express, BNSF, Amtrak and Dallas Area Rapid Transit this week in Fort Worth to discuss the possibility of getting a commuter rail system in Oklahoma. He discussed the projected costs and pros and cons.


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August 20-22, Washington, D.C., Metro will upgrade its track, platforms and bridges on the Red, Blue and Yellow lines to improve reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. 



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Sound Transit celebrated breaking ground on the first phase of construction of a new Sounder commuter train station in Edmonds, Wash. The transit hub, scheduled to open next spring, will replace a temporary structure south of the Amtrak station with a new east platform, passenger shelter, re-paved parking area, upgraded lighting and secured storage for bicycles.

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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced the formation of a new O'Hare Express Blue Ribbon Committee to undertake a comprehensive study for express train service between O'Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City said underpinning for the Corbin Building and the foundation for the Fulton Street Transit Center are complete. This marks a major milestone in the $1.4-billion project that will connect five subway stations and 10 subway lines, improving access for over 300,000 daily customers that pass through this major transit hub in lower Manhattan. The overall project, funded primarily with federal funds, remains on schedule and will be completed in 2014.

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Commuters in Boston's MBTA subway system will notice scientific equipment and researchers with electronic monitoring devices throughout the system August 20 -27, while the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues a scientific study of airflow throughout the underground portion of the subway system. The first portion of the study was conducted in December.

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CSX Transportation wants to raise a portion of the Keystone Viaduct on the Great Allegheny Passage at Sand Patch so its double-decker train cars can clear the structure, the Somerset, Pa., Daily American reports. The Somerset County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with CSXT that outlines all the improvements the railroad will need to make for the project. The agreement also lists who will be responsible for construction, closure of the trail and when the actual work is being performed.

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